There has been a lot of chatter lately on the various forums discussing the merits of an architect. Specifically, the question being raised have architects out lived their usefulness? I for one see the use of the term Architect overused. Hence thats why there is an emerging movement for an adoption of industry standards and certification. There are specialists within the domain of Information Technology. I would assert that people who specialize in enterprise class data modeling and infrastructure should be considered architects. Vendors, however, who want to impress their prospective clients with the notion that members of their pre-sales team are solution architects, I mean really.